Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
88
very good
614 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Maduro Oatmeal Brown AleMaduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pours brown in color with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and hints of espresso. Flavor has caramel/toffee sweetness is upfront with intermingling notes of chocolate and espresso with a roasted peanut expression in the finish.

25 IBU

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
614
Ratings:
1,981
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
20.81%
 
 
Wants:
168
Gots:
284
For Trade:
7
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 614 | Ratings: 1,981
Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts are present. Taste is good, malty, slight bit of oats, some hops at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

 259 characters

Photo of biegaman
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale lacks luster like Lady Gaga lacks subtlety. Maduro (meaning "ripe", "mature") looks terribly overripe to me - all beers result from fermentation but by the time they're bottled most don't actually look like they're still in the process of it! This muddy brown body would have benefited from a little filtration; only against the light does it not look like sludge.

Where as most English brown ales smell noticeably of water minerals and most American brown ales smell appreciably of hops, this Floridian example of the style has an odd sulfuric tint to it, a seemingly unintentional by-product of the brewing process that distracts from the otherwise pleasant coffee-ish and toffee-like malts and dark fruity esters.

Oatmeal sure thickened things up, which I'm not so sure benefits the style: this is a very unsubtle beer, tasting strongly of grains and oatmeal without much of any of the finer nuances you typically find in the style (toast, toffee, nuttiness, caramel or biscuits). Even the hops are menial. While it tastes stronger, it lacks in the style's usual chemistry.

A lightly sweet but very prevalent note of dark fruit is present, something like prune or raisin. It overtakes the slight chocolatey or coffee-like flavours and seems to accentuate the otherwise modest note of alcohol. A lightly sooty, coffee-like roast gains its footing on the finish, however, but its slightly astringent character lessens the enthusiasm for another sip.

Like the only other Cigar City beer I've had at this point, Maduro tastes somewhat "unfinished", more like a batch of homebrew than commercial beer. I'm willing to chalk it up yet again to an off-bottle, but until this brewery can capitalize on their popularity enough to expand distribution - or until I find another trading partner as generous Ultraman9000 - I can't be sure that this brewery's beers aren't just better in ratings than they are in reality.

 1,926 characters

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel, earthy malts and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of round malts, soft cocoa and a short lived nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the smoother side of the style.

Overall a very tasty brown ale.

 372 characters

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich dark-brown hue with an amber tint when held up to the light. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam; soft and creamy. Very attractive.

Smell: aroma is rich and quite chocolatey. Milk chocolate, in fact; I like it. There's also a hint of vegetal hop aroma which isn't bad, per se, but isn't necessarily welcome, either. The chocolate does a lot to make up for this, though.

Taste: chocolatey all the way through, from the milk chocolate of the front to a darker, baker's chocolate-like flavor and bitterness at the end. Roasty notes are found in the middle and toward the end, and it's topped off with more of those vegetal hops plus a well-balanced bitterness. A bit muddy, but pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very well-integrated carbonation. Creamy and delicious -- a touch more body would also make this beer almost perfect.

Overall: very tasty and drinkable brown. I'm going to give a little bonus here because as the brew warms up further, the aroma and flavor are taking on some darker, fruitier characteristics; almost like it's heading for Belgian territory.

 1,147 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge brown ale fan, but this was quite nice. Pours a nice dark brown with a thin head that settles to a ring. Smells of tobacco and earth, and roasted peppers. These aromas work unusually well with the dry maltiness of a brown ale. More earthy and tobacco notes in the taste, but here they are mild and combine with a creaminess that tempers everything and provides some balance. A bit light in the mouth, but the lively flavors compensate for this. Quite interesting and nicely drinkable. A great brewery!

 516 characters

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 75 cl bottle just for me...

A: Pour is deep brown with a medium-large pale brown creamy head that sinks into nice lacings.

S: Chocolate-malt together with very American hops; piney and citric. Sweet, roasted and nutty. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange sezt.

T: Dry and sweet at the same time. Chocolate malt, roasted. Some vanilla - oak. Strong black coffee. Again the American hops. A bit smoked.

M: Long aftertaste, bitter chocolate with slightly sweet notes. Body is full while carbonation is moderate.

O: Strange - a very nice beer, but I'm having difficulties to call this a Brown Ale. My guess would have been a (messed-up, but still a) Porter.

 659 characters

Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque, dark brown, excellent head and retention. Vivid nose of malt, nuts, toffee. Slight smoke, almost tobacco note that is also noticeable in the tasting. Despite recently becoming an ex-smoker that’s something I don’t look for in a beer at all but in this case it didn’t bother me. Paired nicely with the nutty flavors here. Decent sweetness, vague chocolate/coffee notes as well. Everything really develops as the beer warms. Good mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, somewhat thin, easy enough to drink.

Maybe my favorite CCB beer so far but I haven’t had Hanuphu or cracked my Marshall Zhukov’s yet. Really nice, delicious take on this style that’s somehow true to it while being very original at the same time.

 735 characters

Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

5/15/2011

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with swellbrewer, thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Somewhere between sienna and russet. Nice color and good clarity when held to light. The creamy head is one inch and beige.

S: Toasted malt with a little biscuit and a light roast. Notes of orange and earth. There's a faint nutty quality that goes well with the biscuit. This gives the impression of balance. A little chocolate and caramel as well. Great aroma.

T: The flavor doesn't quite match the aroma. It possesses an upper low level of bitterness with hops imparting citrus in the form of orange. Malt is toasted biscuit with a little caramel and nuttiness. The beer is very smooth and well balanced.

M: This is medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and almost chewy. Reall nice.

Overall: A good American Brown Ale from Cigar City. Recommended.

 905 characters

Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Capone's...
Appears a dark brown chestnut with a small white capthat dloly fades. Scattered bits are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted malt, cocoa, toffee, and fresh bread.
Taste is of fresh espresso, cocoa, roasted nuts, and toffee.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly tart finish.

 300 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a dark, cloudy brown colour, with a massively frothy head of large-inconsistent beige. It's pillowy, cloud-like and is going to be a pain to chew through. Body is quite light, and a little insipid. Holds little to no carbonation. Overall, it looks a little bit unappealing.

Chocolate and roast, with dark fruits on the nose. Some dusky cocoa, peanut brittle and some organic, earthy notes, like rich, loamy soil. There's a whiff of coffee in there as well, but it's well behind everything else. Overall, though. It smells pretty nice.

Taste is light and a little spritzy on the entry: this bottle seems to be a little too carbonated, meaning the flavours have to develop after the attack of fizz on the front. Once they come through, they're rather pleasant: mild roast coffee, rounded husky nuttiness, and a touch of that loaminess mingling with a slight English hop bitterness on the back. It's a little tannic more than crisp with hops as it finishes.

Feel suffers substantially from the carbonation, which is very much too heavy.

Overall, this is decent enough, but too carbonated: I'll try it again some time in a smoother form, where I'm sure it will be rather pleasant.

 1,238 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured brown with good carbonation leaving a nice off white/beige cap, with a 1/4 head leaving some bubbles and light lacing

S: A little on the mute side. Your typical toffee, caramel but that's about all folks.

T: Immediate toffee and light caramel sweetness with an odd and flat taste that starts after immediate taste and then finishes sordove blah..not much flavor, sordove muddy. There was an odd issue with this beer. See Mouthfeel. The finish was dry, light bitterness.

M: Sordove thin, perhaps a tad bit overbarbonated and this beer was leaving a gassy, bubbly type feel on the palate, like the beer was young or had some fermentation issues.

O: I did not finish this beer, five sips and I was done. Pass.

 721 characters

Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich, dark deep hazelnut brown nearly black with a good heavy 3 finger light mocha head that leaves behind thick, sticky side lacing and a dense blanket. Quite nice.

S - Nice oatmeal notes here along with good chocolate and roasted malts. Light caramel sweetness, almost cookie like. Quite nice.

T - Nice bitter roast with smooth oatmeal and chocolate, almost like a stout or a porter. Very interesting and tasty for an english brown. Lots of nice almost burnt roast with like caramel sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome. Super silky and velvety, though slightly slightly thin.

O - Overall this was a surprisingly good beer. Really like the almost stout/porter qualities this beer has. Very tasty.

 780 characters

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail in a tumbler glass.

A: The brown ale is appropriately dark, a thick ale that looks like syrup in my glass (color-wise, not consistency-wise). As a result, it is predictably opaque. A white to off-white head leaves no lace behind.

S: The nose has nut and toffee aromas aplenty, full and warming, without any apparent hop bitterness. Smells like a brown ale.

T: The brown ale is led its maltier factions, resulting in a warming flavor of nuts, toffee and roasted grains. While it comes close, the ale doesn't quite push into porter territory (seems like it might want to, though). The finish heads a chocolate and toffee flavor to linger.

M: The ale is pretty thick (see my porter comment above) but it remains rather light on the palate. Carbonation helps.

D: Maduro is a decent brown ale, one that I'd try again without hesitation. It wasn't, though, mind-blowing in any way.

 912 characters

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle th Bruges hybrid glass on 8/17/11
*From notes

-- Bottle purchased at the Bowery St. Whole Foods in NYC on 7/25/11 --

A: Pleasant to the eye - a good rich mahgoney brown in color. 1.5 finger head fades fairly fast and leaves minor lacing behind.

S: Hmmm....quite vinous and kinda funky. This can't be right. Soured mash and charred barley also present within the nose. No hops to speak of.

T: Acidic up front, then the medium charred malt kicks in. Again, I'm not getting any hops on this bad boy. It finishes like a tart molasses cookie, with a touch of funk.

M: Respectable. It's reasonably creamy, yet it doesn't compare in any way to the rest of CCB's lineup. Carbonation is a bit lacking here.

O: This bottle of Cigar City's Maduro Brown Ale is in the very early stages of a brett infection. The beer didn't showcase CCB's typical calling card mouthfeel or hop profile. I wish I had pulled a batch number off of this before chucking the bottle, as I don't think this beer was at it's best.

I'll certainly try this again under different circumstances, though if in fact this is the intended profile, then it's a slight miss from Joey and the CCB crew.

UPDATE: On 8/25/11, I spoke to a friend who had this on tap last weekend in Philly, and he too claims that it was infected.

 1,303 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brownish body with two finger offwhite head that stuck around and left some lace. Aroma hit several minor notes of caramel, bitter chocolate, toffee, coffee, some roasted malts, touchs of other sugar sweetness and a tad of grainy hops or breadiness (something akin to those) but nothing spectacular. Taste of the beer is more of the same. While it is medium bodied and easy to drink and has a drying sensation on the finish, there is nothing spectacular about the beer. There is a balance of sweet malts and dry, roasted malts as well as a touch of hops but I really can't say this beer is too sweet or has a peculiar dryness/breadiness/hopiness to it to classify it as something else. A good beer but one, that for me at least, is just slightly under par with some other, better, brown ales/oatmeal stouts (which I really didn't get any taste or feel of oats although it would explain the smoothness of the beer).

 923 characters

Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Underground Bluz in Orlando. Pours a dark brown color with a thin light tan color head. The aroma is sweet malt and hints of chocolate and a touch of hops. The taste starts of very smooth and malty with a good dose of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, the oatmeal helps smooth this one out. Overall, a very tasty Brown that I would definitely purchase again. Great stuff!

 403 characters

Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a FW Tulip. 8/29/13 bottling date

Pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue when held up to the light, with a nice 1'' head. Smell is of roasted malt and a tad of toffee. The taste is very hardy and enjoyable. Great coffee, chocolate, caramel and malty notes. A real treat to drink. Full bodied even at 5.5% ABV, so i can see this being quite filling if you drink a lot of them in a row.

Overall excellent brown ale that I could drink all day!

 462 characters

Photo of dar482
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color, almost like a black coffee. There is a light mocha brown head.

The aroma has toasted malt, some nuttiness, a caramel sweetness. Almost a fruity note of dried apple peel.

The flavor follows with the toasted flavors in the front. That apple note coming through again. Hazelnuts. A slight toffee and caramel sweetness. The finish is of watered down coffee slightly. The beer is so robust that it leans almost towards roasted flavors.

Canned on 10/23/13. 3 months old. Should’ve held up. Not sure if there are much more hops.

Wonderfully sessionable. Could use a bit more sweetness and malt backbone.

 642 characters

Photo of spinrsx
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a small size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, nuts, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some light coffee. There is a bit of a nuttiness and the beer ends with a malty and chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall - Mouthfeel isn't great, but it has a taste that keeps it interesting throughout the glass. Worth a try but probably not a repeat purchase for me with some many other great beers out there.

 687 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours hazelnut brown with a robust tan head that retains masterfully. This is a really pretty brew. The head leaves thick collars of lacing.

S-Oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie dough. Sugar cookies too. Lightly nutty. Light coffee and milk chocolate. Not incredibly intense but unique and very pleasing.

T-Great cookie flavors. Oatmeal choco-chip cookie dough is my best description. Light nuts and cocoa powder. Light roast coffee. Molasses and brown sugar with a long toasty finish.

M-Feels bigger than a sub 6% ABV brew. Quite creamy. Massaging carbonation. A bit chewy.

O/D-I enjoyed this one. If I could get this regularly I could see myself drinking this a lot. I could see this going perfectly in several different scenarios. Would pair well with a ton of food too.

 775 characters

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge gasp of carbonation, and pours a glass full of bubbling toffee foam. Dissipates slowly into a clear amber body with garnet highlights.

Toasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and a hint of coffee comprise the aroma. It's a bit nutty, with vanilla undertones.

Flavor is fairly roasty, with chocolate and a significant of a tangy note at the finish. The almost metallic taste is hard to surpass. Some nuttiness eventually emerges.

Body is moderate, with abundant effervescent carbonation.

Overall, there's a good beer in there, but think this one was either mildly infected or they have some yeast/carbonation issues. Wish I had another to compare.

An hour later, the carbonation settled. The tang and effervescent disappeared. Score reflects that flavor and aroma, and body appearance, not head.

 797 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Appears to be a bit of sediment in the bottle so it must be over 3 months old. Color is a hazy dark brown and a half inch of opaque colored head. Sticky lacing.

S - Smells of slightly nutty, mostly brown malts, and some hops

T - Taste pretty good for a brown ale. Mostly brown malts and hops with a touch of nutty almost flavor and the finish is kind of bitter even for it being old.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall I am kind of stunned this has such great reviews. I have never been a huge fan of brown ales so maybe it is that good but it seems very similar to Voodoo's brown ale with a low ABV.

 616 characters

Photo of Immortale25
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a see-through brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Light, spotty lacing.

S- Roasty chocolate, caramel and brown sugar. Kind of smells like a sugar daddy or Werther's tastes. Some faint vanilla and mocha.

T- Smooth and toasty with some mild hop bitterness. Not as sweet of a flavor as the aroma implies. Alcohol is extremely subdued. More subtle notes of chocolate and caramel. Semi-stale aftertaste.

M- Slick, borderline creamy with medium carbonation and a medium-full body.

O- Definitely not one of my favorites by CCB but it's, at least, a nice and sessionable brown ale.

 765 characters

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a mahogany brown color with ruby highlights, and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma with a nutty quality, chocolate, something sweet, and malt.

T: Had that nutty quality, toffee, chocolate, and malt. One of the better American Brown Ales you'll find.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Extremely drinkable. Very easy to like.

 493 characters

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery brown color with cap of khaki colored head. Scent has a slight charachter of spicy rye before the carmel malts and earthy hops come through. Taste begins with an earthy, muddy flavor, again note of spicy rye, the carmel malts are nice and bready and not too sweet. Fuller side of medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel with some eathyness to it. A ver nicely done American brown.

 393 characters

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe